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Old 02-26-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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...to change the trunk lid lock on my '93 SE? Or is there a slick trick to it? The lock no longer turns, so I assume it has broken inside and I need to swap it out. Although, it may be the rest of the mechanism hanging up. Anyone ever have this problem? Worse part is that I don't have the remote key fob or even the inside remote trunk release. :o

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...oh, and right now I have a string attached to the emergency release cable to the trunk lock, and then I thread this string to the left and close the lid, so that if I need to open the trunk, rather than using a golf club through the rear seat armrest to open it, I just pull on the string.

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This is from a 93 FSM, but I'm thinking that your emergency release lever was installed as a recall, so things could be different for you, not sure.

1. Pull retainer out of compartment lid and off of lock cylinder. (it shows a picture of a what might be a plastic plate that just pulls down away from the lock cylinder)
2. Pull cylinder off of guide shaft.
3. Remove theft deterrent connector lead if equipped.
4. Assemble new gasket and theft deterrent connector lead on to new lock cylinder.
5. Insert the new lock cylinder assembly.
6. Insert retainer through slot in compartment lid inner panel, and drive onto shoulder of new lock cylinder.
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If you can get the trunk lid open it'* an easy swap. It'* like two bolts.Oh and you say your car doesn't have the remote trunk lock? Look and see if there'* a wire by your old latch.. i dont' know how it is on a bonne but on my dad'* olds ciera it was pre-wired, all i had to do was get a power latch (direct bolt-on) and the switch and plug it in.
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yeah, it is easy to do. Done it several times with each trunklid swap I did. Just follow the directions above and you shouldbe good.
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Will any GM lock cylinder fit for this application, or do I need to go to my local automobile recyclers and get a specifically a trunk lockset for this particular series of Bonneville?

The idea that I may be able to upgrade and install a remote trunk release is an intriguing one. I will check for the wires whe I do the job.

John Deere Boy, thanks for the PM...I understand!

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There is a wire in the area of the trunk release, but I haven't had the time to trace it yet. There isn't an open connector, but there is a place where 2 wires are joined together to another pair using a plug. But these wires may be for the tail lights, which are in the same area. I looked inside the driver'* door where the switch would be mounted, and couldn't readily see any wires for a switch, but who knows, wires may be folded and taped off inside the door somewhere.

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i would have to guess, knowing what we do, that the wires are in the door for the button.....now of the button will work is a different story
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